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Race for mayor is on in eight municipalities

Sarah Rennie

The end of the nomination period for the 2021 Quebec municipal elections was October 1. On voting day, November 7, the region will see elections in 12 municipalities.
Residents of Huntingdon, Dundee, Très-Saint-Sacrement, Hemmingford Village, and Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague will not be called to the polls, as all available seats in these municipalities were either elected or re-elected by acclamation.

The position of mayor went unchallenged in nine municipalities throughout the region, resulting in the re-elections of Linda Gagnon (Dundee), Deborah Stewart (Elgin), Pierre Poirier (Godmanchester), Richard Raithby (Howick), Andre Brunette (Huntingdon), Louise Lebrun (Sainte-Barbe), Agnes McKell (Très-Saint-Sacrement), Drew Somerville (Hemmingford Village) and Yves Daoust (Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague).

Three-way mayoral races will be heating up over the next few weeks in three municipalities. In Franklin, the incumbent Douglas Brooks’s bid for a second term is being challenged by former councillor Yves Métras as well as Jacques Roy. All six seats on the Franklin council are also being contested.
With the retirement of long-time mayor Carolyn Cameron in Hinchinbrooke, former councillor Mark Wallace will face off against residents Alfred Mackay and Edgar Malboeuf.

In Saint-Chrysostome, the position currently held by Gille Dagenais will be disputed as former councillor Steve Laberge and resident Michel Labonté have tossed their hats into the ring.

Several two-way races will also take place across the region. In Havelock, Stéphane Gingras will take on embattled incumbent Denis Henderson, who is running for his fifth term. Henderson and the current municipal council have come under fire recently over a proposed asphalt factory on Covey Hill. Four of six seats on the council are also up for election.

Following an announcement by outgoing mayor Jacques Lapierre that he would not seek re-election in Ormstown, the position will now be contested between Philippe Besombes, who will be retiring shortly from his current position as deputy director general of the Montérégie-West Integrated Health and Social Services Centre, and last-minute candidate Christine McAleer.

In Saint-Anicet, Gino Moretti is facing a challenge from André Picard, a former municipal councillor who narrowly lost his bid for mayor to the incumbent in 2017.

Jean-François Gendron, an outgoing councillor in St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, is vying for the position of mayor against Jean-Pierre Gaboury, who held the position from 2009 to 2013.

And in Hemmingford County, former councillor Lucien Bouchard and resident Vladimiro Massignani are running for the position left vacant by the sudden passing of mayor Paul Viau this past May.

Advance polls will take place in those municipalities holding elections on October 31, with results to be announced following the closure of polling stations on election day, November 7, at 8 p.m.

Special measures have been put in place for the 2021 municipal elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to allow eligible residents of seniors’ residences and residential long-term care centres (CHSLDs) to vote by mail. People living in their homes but who are unable to travel for health reasons, and their caregivers living at the same address, as well as people who need to be isolated in compliance with public health directives, will also be eligible to vote by mail.

Municipalities were also given the option to allow electors who are 70 years of age or older to vote by mail, by passing a resolution to this effect. According to the Elections Quebec website, local municipalities that will allow seniors over the age of 70 to mail in their vote include Elgin, Franklin, Howick, Saint-Anicet, Saint-Chrysostome, Sainte-Barbe, and Hemmingford.

Those who wish to exercise their right to vote by mail must contact the returning officer of their municipality as soon as possible, to allow for their ballot to be received and counted on election day.
For a complete list of all candidates, please see the elections Quebec website: www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/municipales/candidats.html

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